Ibrox exclusive: Pundit suggests Rangers ace may be frustrated with recent Gerrard decision
Alan Hutton has suggested that Rangers midfielder Scott Arfield will be frustrated to have dropped out the starting XI for the win over Celtic.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Gers and Scotland defender says the Canadian international’s form has not been up to his usual high standards in recent weeks.
The 31-year-old played just 10 minutes in the Old Firm win over Celtic after starting on the bench, with manager Steven Gerrard admitting there were off-field issues affecting his star player.
However, Hutton says that any player would loathe missing out on a match like a Glasgow derby. insisting that the Gers man will be desperately hoping to life his form and get back into the side
Asked if Arfield will be frustrated by his situation, Hutton told Football Insider: “Yeah, of course. Everybody wants to play, not just the big games against Celtic but every week you want to play.
“It’s always going to be difficult, they’ve got good players in these positions. His form has dipped a little recently, it’s been a little bit up and down.
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“He had some issues that Gerrard mentioned, which we’re not sure what that is so that’s up to him to obviously try and sort out. Sometimes this happens, you have a little dip, someone comes in, takes your place and they play well.”
Arfield has played 34 times for Rangers already this season, Gerrard regularly using him in both the league and cup competitions.
Of his appearances, 18 have come in the Premiership, the Celtic clash only the second in which he has not started.